Mary Elizabeth Winstead BrainDead

Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star in Good Wife Creators' BrainDead

Careful, Mary Elizabeth Winstead: Aliens are coming, and they want to eat your brain.

The actress, who starred in A&E’s one-and-done adaptation of The Returned, will topline BrainDead, CBS’ upcoming comic-thriller from Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King.

Billed as a cross between The Strain and The West Wing, BrainDead stars Winstead as Laurel, the daughter of a Democratic political dynasty who left D.C. to become a documentary filmmaker, but is pulled back into the family business when her brother needs political help. Now a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer, Laurel discovers two things: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers.

“We’ve been fans of Mary going back to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but it was really her extraordinary work in Smashed and Alex of Venice that had us imagining Laurel’s lines coming out of her mouth,” said the Kings in a statement. “She’s fantastic at mixing comedy and drama, and keeping it all vulnerable, yet real. We can’t wait to see what she does with Laurel.”

Though she is best known for her film work, Winstead’s TV credits include Wolf Lake, Passions and the miniseries The Beauty Inside. She can next be seen opposite Josh Radnor in PBS’ upcoming Civil War drama Mercy Street.

BrainDead — which received a straight-to-series, 13-episode order in July — is slated to premiere in Summer 2016.

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  1. Eric says:

    Sooooo…it’s a documentary of the Obama administration?

    • dj says:

      You beat me to it!

      • Wordsmith says:

        Actually seems more like a satire of the ridiculous bipartisan gridlock in the House and Senate. But sure, if you want to go for the cheap, hackneyed punchline, be my guest.

        • David says:

          Who’s fault is that? The republicans are doing everything in there power to not have our country turn into Greece or Netherlands. Obama is a joke, and he will go down as the 2nd worse president in our lifetime. Jimmy Carter the worst of course.

          I am no fan of Bush, but at least he tried to do his job.

          • Wordsmith says:

            To answer your question, bipartisan gridlock, as the name suggests, is the fault of both sides in the Legislative branch, and really has much less to do with what is going on over in the White House.

          • A fan of TV says:

            Honestly, you think a President ‘doing his job’ is a man who lies about a threat to start a war under false pretenses. Nothing else needs to be said, cuz clearly what you and I think constitutes a President’s ‘job’ are polar opposites.

          • Lucifer says:

            @A fan of TV; You are parroting a debunked liberal conspiracy theory. The intelligence at the time was trusted as accurate and everyone (including democrats likes Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry) believed it and thought going to war was the best thing at the time.

    • DL says:

      And the award for most inane and obvious troll comment goes to… *drumroll*

    • Diva Diary says:

      Two words: Donald Trump
      That is all

    • A fan of TV says:

      You obviously mean the Republican Congress ;)

  2. dj says:

    Seems to me those alien spawns have been here for a while

  3. Boiler says:

    Sounds like a pretty dumb show to me

  4. A fan of TV says:

    So kind of what I wanted Fear the Walking Dead to be about, sounds like – apocalypse and the government crumbling from within. I like Winstead and will be too intrigued not to check this out.

    Also, I just realized she played one of the Bennett daughters on Passions. Thanks biodata filler paragraphs!

  5. HAP says:

    It’s kind of funny that although this article was about Mary Elizabeth Winstead being cast as lead, not a comment about her yet. I’ll make one. She’s talented and has a wide range, and can also sing. She has been a professional actress on Broadway, on TV and in cinema since age 13.